BLUE HILL – Coming off their second TVC championship in three years, Blue Hill (13-7) had their five-game win streak snapped in a 67-56 Senior Night loss to Southern Valley (18-2). The Bobcats lost the turnover battle 24-15 and that was something Blue Hill Head Coach Joe Hubl felt greatly impacted the outcome of the game.
“We had to play a little more patient like we did against Kenesaw last Saturday. We worked the ball around and got some good shots, “ he said. “We still scored 56 points with 20 something turnovers and that’s pretty good. If we eliminate those we’re probably in the 70’s and we win this game.”
The Bobcats’ turnover woes started at the very beginning, with four consecutive turnovers to start the game. During that span Southern Valley took an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter, thanks to three pointers from Junior Drake Shearer and Senior Chance Best.
Blue Senior Kody Mans added nine of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter. Mans came out on fire, making his first three attempts from three-point range, including a bank three that kept the Bobcats within one after the first quarter.
Southern Valley junior Trent Kredjl, who finished with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds, got in on the scoring action in the second quarter when he gathered a rebound and finished the put back with one hand. Later in the quarter, Shearer grabbed a steal and finished a layup on the other end that put the Eagles up five with 2:35 remaining.
Southern Valley led 33-28 at halftime.
Blue Hill received a spark from Mans early in the third quarter, after he was fouled on a three-point attempt. Mans made all three free throws and got the Bobcats back within six. Later in the quarter, Southern Valley Senior Seth Miller threw an inbound pass off a Blue Hill defender’s back, caught his own inbound pass, finished the reverse layup and made the following foul shot to put the Eagles up nine.
Blue Hill Senior Jayden Hamell, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, added six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Mans also added five more points in the quarter and after a steal and layup, got the Bobcats back within six.
Kriedjl went 6-10 from the free-throw line in the four quarter for the Eagles and Southern Valley hung on to win by 11.
Despite the Eagles’ strong play throughout, this was a game that had Southern Valley Head Coach John Miller worried from the very beginning.
“This game scared the daylights out of me for two reasons. Blue Hill is playing well, coming off a conference championship and they do a good job,” he said. “The other thing is we’re kind of a tired, beat-up basketball team right now.”
Regardless of the outcome, Hubl was pleased with his team’s effort saying, “I’m proud of our guys,” he said. “They battled hard after three games in three days. Then came back around and played a game against Southern Valley. I thought it was a good effort from them.”
Southern Valley (67)
Drake Shearer 2-6 0-0 5 JT Grilli 0-3 0-0 0 Seth Miller 2-8 4-4 9 Trent Kredjl 7-10 6-10 18 Chance Best 4-5 2-2 13 Dalton Best 4-7 0-0 8 Colton Samuelson 3-13 5-9 11 Chaston Burgeson 1-1 0-0 3
Blue Hill (56)
Kody Mans 6-12 3-3 21 Alec Meyer 2-6 0-0 5 Trent Karr 0-1 0-1 0 Jayden Hamel 4-10 5-6 13 Jeremy Henkel 1-2 0-0 2 Austin Strasburg 2-8 5-7 9 Jacob Vanboening 2-8 0-0 5